Dutch dance music producer Mike Cervello loves working with FL Studio, and it shows! He’s made many of his biggest hits in collaboration with fellow FL Studio Power Users, such as his good friend Wiwek, Jay Hardway, Curbi, and Oliver Heldens, so it’s only appropriate that he join the Power User ranks himself! His years of building a large catalog of dancefloor weapons mean his music is a mainstay at festivals and clubs throughout the world, and we were happy to get the chance to hear more about his background and experience with our DAW. Read on to learn more!
Jay Hardway & Mike Cervello – EDM Bubble
Tell us about yourself and how you got into music.
I’m a music producer born in a small city in the north of the Netherlands called Groningen. Ever since I was a kid, I was surrounded by all kinds of music. My mom used to play 70s and 80s music all the time and my older brother would play the latest dancehall music from Jamaica. So I had a wide spectrum of music surrounding me. When I was around 16 years old, I would make mash-ups of two songs together and bring them to my high school on an mp3-player. I would show them to my classmates and I started to notice that people were enjoying them a lot. I think the spark for creating music started there, so I wanted to go to the next step and someone introduced me to FL Studio 7. That’s when I started to produce crappy hip-hop beats, but the art of making music myself totally captivated me.
How did you start using FL Studio & what does it mean to your productions?
I’ve been using FL Studio for about 15 years now, and I’m actually really happy with it, especially with the constant updates and new functionalities. FL Studio just never gets old and keeps challenging me to try new stuff.
Mike Cervello & Curbi – The Sub
Tell us about your work and some of the artists you have worked with.
I’ve had the pleasure of working with some great producers. I remember visiting Oliver Heldens at his home to finish our collaboration and he was also using FL Studio. He used FL Studio completely differently in some ways, but that was super insightful for me personally. That’s the power of the versatility of FL Studio, in my opinion. I recently also started a new techno project with my friend Wiwek (LUSU) and he also uses FL Studio, so it’s super easy and intuitive to collaborate on our songs.
Tell us about your production environment and the gear you use.
I use a Macbook Pro and Bose headphones with noise cancellation at home. I just work at the kitchen table with my cats running around me. Once I have to mix or master my tracks, I go to the studio. I own a Behringer TD-3-SR and an Arturia Polybrute synthesizer. I’m starting to explore analog gear and I’m liking it a lot so far.
How Mike Cervello and Jay Hardway made EDM Bubble
What is your top FL Studio tip for up-and-coming producers?
If you want to create something or get stuck, go watch some FL Studio tutorials on YouTube. It’s filled with all the info you need!
Is there anything else you would like to tell us?